Management and Science University (MSU) has gone a step farther in the fight to break the COVID-19 chain of infection by producing its own hand sanitizer and meeting soaring demand against the dwindling supply.
Formulated to one of the two recommended standards by the World Health Organization (WHO), the MSU hand sanitizer contains moisturizing glycerol and seventy-five percent alcohol.
For use on campus and at the adjacent MSU Medical Centre (MSUMC) Specialist Hospital, as well as distribution to MSUrians staying on at The Residence and surrounding accommodations during the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) period, the hand-sanitizer is a collaborative effort by MSU’s Science Lab, School of Pharmacy (SPH), and Purchasing Department.
Washing the hands with warm water and soap remains the gold standard for hand hygiene but in the absence of either, hand sanitizers provide the best protection against disease-causing microbes.
Alcohol is a regular key ingredient in hand sanitizers as it effectively kills germs. Most alcohol-based sanitizers contain between sixty and ninety-five percent alcohol; usually isopropyl alcohol, ethanol (ethyl alcohol), or n-propanol.
Alcohol-free hand sanitizers regularly substitute the alcohol content with benzalkonium chloride, a quaternary ammonium compound able to reduce microbes albeit not as effectively as does alcohol.
Earlier on, MSU had bagged several gold awards for its hand sanitizer Betelnizer and anti-fungal cream Dermacol, two of the University’s betel-based research products awaiting commercialization